So, how do you follow-up last year’s barely seen, low-budget success d’estime, “The Avengers”? It came and went from theatres in about a week, hardly made a dent at the box office. I don’t blame you for never having heard of it.
Luckily, somebody’s decided to let Joss Whedon out of movie jail and given him the chance to make amends for bombing so badly last time out by making something with sure-fire commercial potential – a can’t-miss, four-quadrant, summer blockbuster of a flick.
He’s only gone and made a Shakespeare adaptation! Why, you’d almost think that he’d just made a billion dollar superhero smash and thus had carte blanche to follow his muse, call in some mates and make the Bard relevant to Generation Twitter. Such absurdity! It’s almost as if you have to direct a successful movie version of “Much Ado…” in order to be allowed the keys to the House of Ideas movie toy box…
This shall not stand!
The Gameological Society – go there, read upon their assessment of games, become informed – have summed up one of the year’s defining news stories with a sweet flash game which allows you to make your own “Star Wars” Episode 7 film.
Despite the nerd-o-riffic dream team of Jane Espenson writing, Joss Whedon directing and Nathan Fillion starring, the above screen grab indicates precisely how successful that particularly geeky brains trust would be in rendering a new adventure set in a galaxy far, far away.
Tis a fix, I tells you – a fix!
I’ve never heard of Rookie before – it’s a website for teenaged girls. I’m not part of the demo, I guess – are teenage girls latterly beardy, nearly 40 and quite fond of Rush nowadays? No? Huh.
Two men that I have a man crush on. Wait, I just said that on the internet, didn't I?
They have a singularly great interview up with Joss Whedon, who is fricking awesome and talks a bit more about “Much Ado About Nothing”.
Rookie ain’t bad either. Isn’t it nice to discover new things?
Hi, happy Tuesday to you. No sooner have you absorbed the idea that Joss Whedon managed to direct “The Avengers” and then swiftly made a contemporary adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing” than the news comes of another Whedon project.
More films with Whedon involvement? Yes please.
Empire reports today that Whedon’s micro studio Bellwether Pictures will produce the next film from indie director Brin Hill, a ‘metaphysical romance’ titled “In Your Eyes”.
So, next year sees “The Avengers”, “Cabin In The Woods”, “Much Ado About Nothing” and possibly this too. Not so much a release schedule as an avalanche of awesome. ‘Does Want’, as I believe some of the meme-addicted young people may have said, some years ago,.
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Well, it had to happen – Joel Watson at Hijinks Ensue has a peak into the mind of geek auteur Joss Whedon, on the occasion of his guerilla Shakespeare project, “Much Ado About Nothing”.
Image of Alexis Denisof & Amy Acker via Entertainment Weekly magazine.
The plan is currently for the film to make the festival route in the early part of 2012 before picking up a cinematic release – it would make an intriguing, ‘compare & contrast’ double bill with fellow Marvel director Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 version, wouldn’t it?
You go to bed for a couple of hours, wake up and discover that Joss Whedon’s only managed to deliver a Shakespearian adaptation which he directed in secret. Oh, and it’s my birthday, too. Who’d have thunk?
Joss Whedon. Renaissance man, wrangler of Avengers.
Well, I assume that “Much Ado About Nothing” is from the Shakespeare play – it wouldn’t be out of character for Joss to go all meta on us and deliver something with the same name which has no relation to Shakespeare’s tale of young love and connivance.
Full disclosure – it’s my favourite Shakespeare play and Whedon’s one of my favourite living artists. I think he’s a genius. So bias should be expected.
The website that you need to go to for not many clues at all is MuchAdoTheMovie.com – hey, that’s Fran Krantz! – and check out that cast list. Fillion! Acker! Denisof! And some people who don’t appear to have worked with Whedon on a regular basis!